“My purpose in writing is simple; that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he is listening. And if we are confident that he is listening, we know that what we have asked for is as good as ours. 1 John 5:13-15 (The Message)
Are you praying that the Covid-19 pandemic will end? Why hasn’t it, then?
I imagine Elijah and Baal’s prophets: “Maybe, you could pray a little louder,” taunts Elijah, “maybe, he’s taking a nap.”
If you have been praying that God would end the pandemic, He has not chosen to grant that to you.
Are you discouraged as a result? Do you wonder about His hearing ability?
Deciding how God should do something is folly. His Ways are different than our ways. I have heard it said: “If we knew what God knows, we would understand why He does what He does.”
But of course, we do not.
You get the sense of the frustration in Psalms where David (usually) is lamenting something and wondering about God.
For us to behave similarly, is not a bad thing. It shows that we care, and it shows that we know where the Ultimate Source is.
I have Christ in me. He wants to live through me. He wants to love me and others. Wouldn’t successful prayer be an extension of those things?
I have a Source within me that knows what I should be doing…..and asking for. That relationship must be optimized.